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District seeks feedback to assess school climate
by Tribune Staff
Apr 24, 2012 | 505 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — The Washoe County School District is inviting students, parents and employees to help determine how each group views its school environment. Each group will be surveyed during the next few weeks.

These climate surveys are one way in which the district hopes to measure its progress in providing a positive experience to its students and staff members. The survey will address questions about a school’s quality of education, communication with teachers, customer service and overall safety.

“School climate has a strong influence on whether students achieve their educational goals,” said Paul LaMarca, WCSD’s chief school accountability officer. “Students, staff and parents need to feel comfortable and safe in their schools. This is a crucial part of our ongoing efforts to address the learning needs of all students.”

Parents who have provided email contact information to their schools will receive the school climate survey by email. Parents of elementary school students who did not provide an email address will receive a paper copy of the survey that will be sent home from school with their children. Parents of middle and high school students who did not provide an email address will receive a survey in the mail with a postage-paid envelope in which to return the survey. Each school also has a box in the front office where the surveys can be returned confidentially.

The parent survey is available now through May 21. Gift cards donated by Wal-Mart will be raffled off for parents who complete the survey. Students in fifth through eleventh grades can complete the voluntary survey in their school’s computer lab now through June 1. School employees will receive a link to the survey through their email between May 1 and June 1.

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